Beyond the Cusp

December 21, 2015

Why the Arab Israeli Conflict Refuses Resolution

 

The reason the Arab Israeli conflict refuses all efforts for a resolution is simply because everyone treats it as if it is about land, but land is only a secondary issue. The small part that land plays can be simply stated as to why that cannot be solved as there is no solution which leaves both sides living together in peace and security. The only solution acceptable to the Arab side despite all that has ever been started outright is for Israel to be destroyed, utterly and completely destroyed. There can be no two states living side-by-side in peace and security because as long as Israel is permitted to rule over themselves there can be no peace. Israel is far from the only problem in this area as Jordan and Lebanon also must be erased leaving only Syria and that too would need redefining as simply a province in the theme of things. Iraq and Iran are also problems as is Egypt, the Sudan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and every other nation of the Middle East. The ultimate prize is to be living as an entity which is merely a province within the Islamic nations. Thus far the only people who have it historically correct is the Islamic State as they seek to unite the individual Arabs into their fold and to presumably meld all of the Islamic states into one all-inclusive Caliphate where each region will no longer have individual rule; the current leadership would be merely each major region. The area near Syria would become the province of Syria which would also include Jordan, Lebanon and Israel.

 

The real problem comes down to the mere existence of Israel and the only solution acceptable is the eradication of Israel. When the complete eradication with the complete conversion of the entire population killing all who refuse, which is either won or the presumed conquering forced are routed, what you have is a religious war. Europe should be familiar with religious wars as they have had their share of religious wars and are about to have another one, this time with Islam which to Europeans will be an entirely new war while to the Muslims this is simply another attempt on conquering Europe and starting the mass conversions and replacing every cathedral with a mosque or destroying them. Such acts will infuriate many Europeans which might be the spark necessary to wake the Europeans up to the fact that they have to fight to protect their heritage and prevent their history from annihilation and being superseded by Islam. For the past half century plus the cork in the bottleneck separating the Islamic forces from entering Europe has been Israel. The forces of Islam had been beating themselves against the Israeli stopper realizing the tactical importance of the small piece of land held by the Israelis. That small strip of land was not seen so much as a Jewish State or a multi-ethnic state or any other of the descriptions one wished to paint Israel with. No, the Muslims simply saw Israel as not being Islamic and that was sufficient for them to demand its repatriation, as they viewed it, by its proper rulers, the Muslims and Islam as there was no meaningful history of the Jewish state before Islam and the only permissible result of the land once having been conquered by Islam, and that was for it to be forever Islamic, there can be no other power capable of taking that which was ever Islamic as Islam is superior to all else in all things as that must be Allah’s will.

 

Whenever things go other than in the favor of Islam, the Muslims cannot grasp such events and they go into denial followed by rage. These are the only two reactions a Muslim has when things go other than in their favor and allowing for the obvious superiority of Islam. This mindset was imprinted on the Muslim religion simply due to the great ease with which they initially spread across North Africa, the Middle East and finally being routed in the first siege of Vienna; then at Tours, France where Charles Martel, the Hammer, put an end to their advance and then again at Vienna. These were the high water marks of Islam and they held these positions more or less with small changes to the shape of their conquest despite internal wars which eventually led to the Ottoman Empire which is viewed as the last Caliphate. When the Ottomans sided with the eventual losing side in World War I and the Ottoman Empire was broken into individual states, which were briefly nurtured by the European allied victors with Japan and the United States not desiring to have any part of such occupations, occupations which lasted at the long as a little over fifty years, a mere flash compared to over a thousand years these lands were colonized by the forces of Islam out of the Arabian peninsula; yet it is the European colonialism which is protested as it was not a part of Islam and thus should never have defeated their Islamic colonizers. The populations of these lands had accepted the idea that there was no history before Islam which was driven into their brains by the Muslim rulers.

 

That leads to the situation today and why Israel is seen as such a threat to Islam simply because if Israel continues to be ruled by those who are not of Islam, then Islam is no longer superior to whoever rules the land of Israel. To have those rulers of Israel be Jews, that is a double blow as the Jew is seen as barely above an idolater and thus incapable of ruling previously Islamic territory as the land itself should have thrown them from this abomination in the eyes of Islam. This is in part why the Islamic reaction to Israel and it being the Jewish homeland has been so shrill and virulent demanding the eradication of this blight they see within their midst and thus the preoccupation with Israel has prevented their seeing anything on the horizon as they have been so fixated on Israel. That has begun to change and it is because of a younger and new generation who have only known of a world with Israel within their midst but not something which should occupy such a blockage to their thinking and something which can be circumvented and worried about in good time when their conquest becomes required and for the meantime simply ignored except for a threat every now and then so as to remind them that Islam will defeat then in good time. Additionally, Turkey had been secular ever since after World War II and their leader, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, realized that the reason for the Ottoman’s loss was the lack of modern technical knowledge and industry and that Turkey had fallen behind the western World and thus restructured Turkey into a secular democratic state with separation between religion and the state.

 

This had lasted for almost a century until outside interference prevented the failsafe mechanism in Turkey’s constitution from being utilized as it had been three previous times when Islamic religious leadership had taken control of the government and were moving towards a theocracy and away from secular democratic rule. When current Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took office it became evident to the Turkish military that he was taking the state towards a theocratic state and they were preparing to remove him from office and hold new elections as stipulated in the constitution as Atatürk knew Islam would attempt to undo what he had accomplished; so he placed the security of the secular democracy with the military which was to guard the secular and democratic attributes of Turkey. This was when the European Union and President George W. Bush interfered and claimed that no democracy could thrive if the military could replace the government as that really meant that the military ruled the nation. Nothing could have been further from the truth and the military was acting as the enforcement of the secular democracy. This gave Erdoğan the heads up that the military had considered acting to end his government so Erdoğan declared war on the military. He wiped the General staff out replacing them with people he could trust and purged the upper ranks of those not members of his party thus ending any hope of salvaging Turkey. This took place from around 2003 to 2005 and Erdoğan has never looked back and is now guarded by the military; so exactly what the European Union and George W. Bush claimed they opposed is now exactly what exists, a President with hand-picked Generals backing him instead of removing him and thus granting him with the ability to make Turkey into a Sharia state and assist in the invasions and Islamization of Europe and potentially the United States as well.

 

 

GW Bush plus BH Obama equals RT Erdoğan

 

 

Turkish President Erdoğan has altered the face of Turkey making it more inclined to perform as an Islamic nation with little if any challenge from those who would restore the democratic nature of the state in check. This was made obvious when Erdoğan and his AKP, which they call themselves the Justice and Development Party though they are nothing more than the Muslim Brotherhood Party, did not have an outright majority so Erdoğan with the assistance of another party prevented the formation of a coalition and caused new elections to be scheduled. On the way to the new elections a number of the Kurdish candidates turned up dead and some of their party officials were arrested on charges of treason, otherwise known as opposing Erdoğan, and this permitted Erdoğan and his AKP Party to once more have an outright majority and thus goes Turkey’s democracy. The story is an old one but this one comes with a twist, you might say the cherry on top, namely that United States President Obama trusts and is most enamored with Turkey’s Erdoğan and there are signs he wished the United States could more resemble Turkey’s democracy, or whatever one might call it. This should make the remaining year of President Obama’s term that much more interesting. There are signs that President Obama has made preparations for receiving a number of ‘Syrian refugees’ with presumably the first one-hundred-fifty-thousand already being readied for transport and rumors on social media have exceeded guesses that the number by end of term to be in excess of a million and a half ‘Syrian refugees’ resettled throughout the nation with an emphasis on purple and red states over blue states on the electoral map with plans to change the face of the United States. And why not; it is not like anybody will step up to try and prevent President Obama doing just that and more.

 

Now back to our main subject. With Turkey now with the Islamic program, and trust that all of this was planned just waiting for the right conditions which were provided care of the combination of President Bush followed by President Obama as this was not possible to be any better set up than the two Presidents following in that exact order. So now Israel is not as effective a stopper on the Islamic explosion into Europe as now there is the overland route going through Turkey. It was obvious that not everybody got the memo as there were still those attempting to use undersized boats to cross the Mediterranean Sea which unless it is stormy should not be a problem. Of course that is providing you put no more than twelve to fifteen in an eight person rubber dingy or rowboat with small outboard motors where none were ever supposed to be placed, then you will have difficulties, especially those who crammed twenty people into such craft, something many thought only a fraternity from an Ivy League school might try. This, in part, is what we are to assume led to the young boy washing up on the beach apparently after drowning and then making the first page top of the fold of every liberal newspaper and top and bottom of the hour newscasts for days plucking as many heartstrings in order to soften up the populations for opening pocketbooks and then possibly demonstrating or at least not actively opposing these ‘Syrian refugees’ coming to a town not too near you.

 

So the majority of the Sunni Arab world is all in on the invasions of Europe by ‘Syrian refugees’ and whoever else can be shipped with them. They are also aiming high for the United States and apparently doing a bang up job of getting that done. The aim is not to transform Europe immediately, well, at least not this year or next, with demands for Sharia courts, prayer mats and rooms in Malls, theaters, schools, and just about everywhere else along with foot baths and sinks for washing the hands and feet of the faithful. They will demand schools set aside time for the Muslim prayers possibly three times daily and a certain sensitivity in the textbooks with them including people in Islamic clothing. There will be demands for ‘modesty’ to be shown in the workplace, nothing too harsh, just hair covers followed by longer skirt and dresses, then long sleeves and whatever eventually to full head to toe formless clothing hiding women so males are not too excitable and distracted by the female form and their ways of intoxicating even the holiest of Muslims and others as well. The blessing is now the Arabs, who refer to themselves as Palestinians because they are even worse than the Romans at spelling Philistines, squatting on what was declared land for the Jewish State at the San Remo Conference and continued to be recognized as such due to recognition in the United Nations Charter Article 80 will no longer have the backing from their Arab brethren. If only the Europeans would get wise to the game, and they are working real hard at importing people to teach them the realities, and stop throwing good Euros after bad; then perhaps Mahmoud Abbas, Saab Erekat (who recently equated Jews with ISIS) and the rest of the merry band of kleptocrats would move on to greener pastures and Israel could get started on deprogramming the youth and instead provide them the opportunity for a better life where they receive the fruits of their labor. With Turkey as the new route for infiltrating Europe and beyond, Israel’s importance has dropped and perhaps will escape the wraths of the terminally angered as they run out of funds.

 

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August 16, 2015

They Threaten Israel and Speak Falsely and Iran Just Smiles

 

Hezballah Leader Hassan Nasrallah continues to make empty boasts and threats he knows would bring devastation on Lebanon and specifically Hezballah if he were to act upon his words. The claim he makes is similarly made by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah and all of Israel’s enemies. Their claim is, as Hassan Nasrallah boasted, that should Israel make an assault on Lebanon that Hezballah in response, in his words, “We will destroy your tanks, kill your soldiers and defeat your army.” Hassan Nasrallah can make this threat for one simple reason, he knows that without a provocation or imminent threat from Hezballah that Israel will not attack them in Lebanon or even in Syria where most of Hezballah is engaged in a futile cause against less threatening forces than the IDF could bring to a war with Hezballah. Of course threatening Israel is one thing every foreign power can do with impunity knowing that the possibility of an Israeli strike on their forces are as remote as it would be to have fish fall upon the Hezballah training facilities in the Bekaa Valley out of the sky on an otherwise perfectly sunny day along the Lebanon-Syrian border. We hear these boasts mostly from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and twice a year from Hezballah. Their boastings are made for the morale of their supporters and their fighters such that Israel not taking the bait and attacking to prove the IDFs prowess and make a liar out of Hassan Nasrallah in turn makes his boasts taken to be true and thus Israel is viewed as being weak. Of course Hassan Nasrallah means nothing by these protestations and would be terrified if Israel were to take such boasting to heart and thus be led to make an assault to prove his boasting to be dead wrong. This boast was timed to coincide with the two year commemoration of the second Lebanon War, not exactly the most stellar performance by the IDF but was sufficient for Hassan Nasrallah to state in an interview something along the gist of had he realized the scope of the Israeli response to the kidnapping of two IDF soldiers, he would never have approved the raid. One of his statements can only be valid and I am more prepared to believe his gut reaction immediately after invoking Israeli retribution for an attack than his boasts made knowing that Israel will never attack solely over words and as no rockets are flying over the border, no IDF or Israeli civilians have been kidnapped, his boast is as safe as any statement alone could be.

 

 

Hassan Nasrallah Gesturing during remote feed video onto large screen during Hezballah semi-annual pretense of readiness to defeat any Israeli assault as he remain in hiding presumably beyond the reach of Israeli drones and commandos. This enhances his appearance of constantly under threat by Israeli forces seeking to assassinate him. The likely truth is that Israel had no reason, desire or even bothered to draw up plans to do so. As far as whether Israel could find Hassan Nasrallah’s various secreted locations, probably already have them pinpointed on some map just in case it becomes advantageous to remove Nasrallah from his position as the figurehead of Hezballah.

Hassan Nasrallah Gesturing during remote feed video onto large screen during Hezballah semi-annual pretense of readiness to defeat any Israeli assault as he remain in hiding presumably beyond the reach of Israeli drones and commandos. This enhances his appearance of constantly under threat by Israeli forces seeking to assassinate him. The likely truth is that Israel had no reason, desire or even bothered to draw up plans to do so. As far as whether Israel could find Hassan Nasrallah’s various secreted locations, probably already have them pinpointed on some map just in case it becomes advantageous to remove Nasrallah from his position as the figurehead of Hezballah.

 

 

On the other side, why would Hassan Nasrallah make such a provocative remark when his forces are locked into a losing battle against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State and the line that Hezballah must protect gets longer mile by mile as Bashir al-Assad and whatever remnants of the Syrian army that was not Druze, who had retreated to their own home areas to protect their own families, leaving the Alawites and Bashir al-Assad to defend themselves. Perhaps it is a rallying cry screamed into a deep void which is ever widening leaving Hezballah, and by fact of locations, the Bekaa Valley and anywhere else that ISIS or al-Qaeda might seek to finish what Hassan Nasrallah started when he first engaged the forces in Syria fighting to dethrone Bashir al-Assad, to make this struggle a true Sunni vs. Shiite affair. Now that the Alawites are being squeezed into an ever collapsing area along the coast slowly inching their retreat towards the point which will require Russian Naval forces to intervene, this will make the town of Latakia, where the Russian Mediterranean Fleet docks, secure and providing a last bastion for the Alawites and al-Assad. If I were an Alawite I might be tempted at this point to make a deal where al-Assad and his leading cohorts be turned over half to each al-Qaeda and ISIS forces with the winner of a coin toss to get Bashir himself in exchange for being left the strip of land they currently hold. Of course they would also have to make the port facilities available to the governing bodies replacing al-Assad once the rest of the fighting ends, if it ever does.

 

That brings us into the entire debacle unfolding in Syria and the different scenarios which are potentially about to develop. The current Turkish bombing campaign, presumably to prevent any further spread by the Islamic State forces, has had a strange set of targets as they all appear to be areas where the Kurdish fighters have been holding off Islamic State or ISIS, whichever name anybody prefers in this theater. These areas are not under Islamic State control nor Shiite or al-Qaeda but Kurdish Controlled who has been one of the most stalwart allies of the United States anti-ISIS efforts. The Kurds are viewed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as his most hated foes and considered as much an ally as the PKK and Turkey’s Kurdish Party who currently are blocking Erdogan and his party from all but turning Turkey into an Islamic state. Erdogan hopes to inaugurate himself as its once elected permanent leader and finishing the complete eradication of the vision of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who ruled Turkey after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

 

 

Photograph of a night time flight takeoff on reconnaissance mission from Incirlik Air Base inside Turkey. United States and Turkey are soon to start joint bombing and ground support missions against Islamic State forces to prevent their further advances in Syria. Thus far many of the Turkish sorties appeared to strike Kurdish positions rather than ISIS or al-Qaeda positions according to reports. Some believe this to be a move by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to paint Kurds as enemies of Turkey as he plans on holding new elections declaring previous elections unable to form ruling coalition.

Photograph of a night time flight takeoff on reconnaissance mission from Incirlik Air Base inside Turkey. United States and Turkey are soon to start joint bombing and ground support missions against Islamic State forces to prevent their further advances in Syria. Thus far many of the Turkish sorties appeared to strike Kurdish positions rather than ISIS or al-Qaeda positions according to reports. Some believe this to be a move by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to paint Kurds as enemies of Turkey as he plans on holding new elections declaring previous elections unable to form ruling coalition.

 

 

Meanwhile, the United States cannot be faulted for attempting to enlist the aid of Turkey against ISIS and by doing so allow the United States to finally fly strikes out from the Incirlik Air Base in the coming days making striking at ISIS forces and Islamic State secured regions that much more feasible and less taxing on American assets with the addition of the air base. There have already been a few reconnaissance announced to have been flown from the NATO Incirlik Air Base in central Turkey and talks are continuing to set guidelines for the use of the base. Actual sorties should start over the weekend or early next week while the reconnaissance flights will obviously continue as well from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. These attacks may work to the advantage for Hezballah and Bashir al-Assad by forcing their opponent to recede allowing al-Assad room to reconstitute his forces. As long as al-Assad and Hezballah can hold on to the International Airport in Damascus for another five weeks then Iran will likely have a large inflow of funds allowing for availing al-Assad with fresh supplies and potentially additional IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) units sufficient to alter the balance of powers. Allowing for al-Assad to reestablish his hold on the eastern areas in Syria and then hold those lands and allow the airstrikes by the United States and Turkey to do their damage and weaken their opponents could inadvertently make the retaking of Syria easier for by Bashir al-Assad. Further, by assisting in defeat of Islamic State with United States air support providing whatever support the Iranian military might require, Iran could finally reestablish their puppet states in Iraq and Syria thus retaining the Shiite Crescent across the Middle East as revealed in the map below.

 

This will be the starting point which will be gifted to Iran by the United States along with the P5+1 placing Iran as the hegemonic power and new nuclear power potentially breaking out unannounced and finally leaving the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons) and after six months announcing their building of nuclear warheads and having developed ICBMs capable of striking anywhere throughout the world. The question soon after President Obama leaves office will be what can be done now that it may be too late to reel in Iran as with the unification of the Crescent under their singular rule with puppet governments in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, the question becomes where does the world place the line which must not be crossed. Will that line be Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Romania, where? The threat right now appears to be the Islamic State as their atrocities have grabbed the attention of many and will eventually lead to the turning to the one country currently perched to best threaten and destroy the Islamic State, Iran. The question that will likely never be asked is whether we are making an even worse and more dangerous problem reinforcing Iran and giving them such a huge swath of land as depicted below, and that is a conservative estimate as by the time the next United States President is sworn in Iran might already have swallowed Jordan and joined forces with the Arab Palestinians currently in Judea and Samaria as well as having crossed into the Arabian Peninsula and grabbed all of Kuwait and the Saudi Arabian oil fields all in the name of liberating oppressed Shiites which will be encouraged to riot and cause disturbances such that Iran can come to their rescue, all with the blessing of the United States and Europe in the hopes that they will be eaten last. Perhaps by then there will be no place at which the line can be drawn as the dye will have been cast and the doom of nuclear war facing the world dead in the face, then what?

 

This is the desired and long sought Iranian Shiite Crescent across the Middle East reaching from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea after Islamic State Defeat and Iran Surge Retaking Syria for Bashir al-Assad with Hezballah retaining their iron-fist control over Lebanon and the Iraqi Shiites retaining their hold on the southern half of Iraq. This could very well be the starting positions for a final World War resulting in exchanges of nuclear weapons before the end is reached. This map also depicts the areas bordering the Iranian influence which could become the future red lines and the trip wire for a horrific conflagration, exactly what the Twelvers desire to bring back the Twelfth Imam and the Islamic Messiah who will lead them to finally realize their destiny of world conquest. Despite what many in the West view as an outdated and dead idea, the Iranian leadership dreams of world conquest and desire to that end.

This is the desired and long sought Iranian Shiite Crescent across the Middle East reaching from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea after Islamic State Defeat and Iran Surge Retaking Syria for Bashir al-Assad with Hezballah retaining their iron-fist control over Lebanon and the Iraqi Shiites retaining their hold on the southern half of Iraq. This could very well be the starting positions for a final World War resulting in exchanges of nuclear weapons before the end is reached. This map also depicts the areas bordering the Iranian influence which could become the future red lines and the trip wire for a horrific conflagration, exactly what the Twelvers desire to bring back the Twelfth Imam and the Islamic Messiah who will lead them to finally realize their destiny of world conquest. Despite what many in the West view as an outdated and dead idea, the Iranian leadership dreams of world conquest and desire to that end.

 

 

Once the Iranians can establish their desired and long sought Iranian Shiite Crescent across the Middle East reaching from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea after Islamic State Defeat and Iran Surge Retaking Syria for Bashir al-Assad with Hezballah retaining their iron-fist control over Lebanon with the Iraqi Shiites retaining their hold on the southern half of Iraq, this really is a case of then what. This could very well be the starting positions for a final World War resulting in exchanges of nuclear weapons before the end is reached. This map also depicts the areas bordering the Iranian influence which could become the future red lines and the trip wire for a horrific conflagration, exactly what the Twelvers desire to bring back the Twelfth Imam and the Islamic Messiah who will lead them to finally realize their destiny of world conquest. Despite what many in the West view as an outdated and dead idea, the Iranian leadership dreams of world conquest and desire to that end. Would the tripping point be Israel or perhaps Turkey who could demand NATO support under Chapter Five of the NATO Charter. Maybe Iran would take Kuwait and the oil fields of Saudi Arabia and that would trip the wire for Western intervention in response to the Saudi Royals. Perhaps a sweep from Yemen, we cannot forget the Iranian southern front, into Eretria, Somalia, Djibouti and then across the Sudan and into Egypt which could be yet another call for Western assists against Iran. The only thing we can be assured, the Crescent is the beginning, not the end of Iranian expansion.

 

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December 27, 2014

Is Erdogan Talking as for Turkey or More for Self?

 

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked to the media reacting to European expressed concerns about the future of a free press in Turkey siting the raid on media outlets close to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who resides in the United States, earlier this month. Erdogan accused Fethullah Gulen of forming a ‘shadow government which he kept in order to undermine the rule of President Erdogan while also orchestrating the graft scandal which has been targeting the inner circle of the Erdogan run government. President Erdogan and many of his closest advisors as well as potentially one son have been embroiled in an investigation of bribery, graft and other malfeasances over the past couple of years and this is just the latest version by Erdogan to place blame off of his front door and inside his inner circle to any outside group in order to catch a break. Back in June of 2013, Erdogan threatened to shut off Turkey from Facebook and Twitter as he blamed social media for his and his closest advisor’s social media difficulties stating, “There is now a menace which is called Twitter. The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.” Expressing his anger at the European moralizing and accusatory comments Erdogan scolded, “We are not Europe’s scapegoat. We are definitely not a country that Europe can point its finger at and scold. Instead of criticizing us, Europe should find a solution to increasing racism and Islamophobia.” Having President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan go off on a defamatory rant at something, anything, and preferably making that thing an entity which is incapable of defending itself or answering back with an official statement, such as blaming social media, has been somewhat predictable event as it is often timed to coincide with some investigatory pronouncement of findings, court dates for the very closest of Erdogan’s advisors or some pressing and notable media article giving backing from high places into the rumored misdeeds of people close to the Turkish President. This time it was the European Union but previously it has been the United States and sometimes he has blamed Israel or the Jewish backed institutions, these last two having been used often in speeches to large crowds of required cheering supporters as Israel and the evil Jewish institutions, which are rumored to be powerful and legendary though Erdogan has been loathed to name one such institution, because they both draw the loudest and most desired approvals cheering Erdogan for bravely weathering the storm from the Israel-Jewish-Zionist masters who are suspect of all crimes against leaders in the Middle East, including Turkey despite their efforts to align militarily with Europe through the European Union and the west through NATO of which Turkey is still included and accepted as an ally despite actions proving to counter such claims.

 

No matter how deep the graft and embezzlement is discovered to have permeated the Erdogan administration and no matter how much can be linked directly to Erdogan or his son or other family members, these criminal acts are inconsequential when compared to the damage Erdogan has intentionally wreaked upon the nation and peoples of Turkey. One visiting Ankara or Constantinople (sorry, I just am unable to refer to it as Istanbul) would mostly miss the changes brought about by Erdogan since he first took office as Prime Minister in 2002 and now as the President, a new political office which is no longer merely a ceremonial office but one vested with almost every power which previously were vested in the Prime Minister, but some extraordinary and unopposable powers vested in the Presidency by Erdogan over the past eighteen months becoming official coinciding with this election to the office of President. What a coincidence. How can one man be so fortunate as to be in one office, Prime Minister, when it was the virtually all-powerful political office in the Turkish government and just as the powers are stripped away and vested into a formerly ceremonial office with even more exclusive powers making the holder of said office even more invulnerable to outside influences or challenges of authorities just as Erdogan won election to be President. It boggles the mind to even try and conceive of such happening simply by happenstance, there must have been a guiding hand that arranged everything so perfectly for Erdogan to continue as the sole arbiter of power and molder of the future of Turkey. President Erdogan has been using his powers and the support of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) to fairly rapidly undo the changes which Mustafa Kemal Ataturk instituted after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire when he left his military post and plucked up a sleeping nation and put Turkey on the road to industrialization, modernization, and most important, secularization moving Turkey closer to Europe and away from the binding restriction and innate refusal to Western values shown from the nations around the Middle East and North Africa, the area which had been the remnants of the Ottoman Empire before World War I and also been stuck, lodged in the fifteenth century, the first beginnings of the rise of the Ottoman Turks to the status of Empire and the last Caliphate making it into modern times before falling in World War I. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk viewed the two sides in World War I and saw the advancement held by the Western powers which were far ahead of anything the average Muslim army could muster to field to a modern battlefield. Seeing the choice before him, Ataturk made the fateful choice and threw off the binding dictates which had become attached to Islam and separated Mosque and state allowing for a competitive Turkey in the years after World War I. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has almost completely erased those changes and returned much of Turkey outside the main cities back to their tribal origins, though forcing the religious restriction on the women in the major cities who have tasted the respect and freedoms the secular state removed from the influences of Islam has allowed them.

 

Yes, some Turkish women welcomed the return to Sharia but mostly the urbanites have retained much of their modern lives even if only in the privacy of their home and in the workplace if such is acceptable. These reforms by Erdogan will eventually have Turkey simply sinking to the same level as the rest of the Arab world but with a modern equipped military. The difficulties could not be any greater for those wishing to impose Quranic compliance in major metropolises which have already reached and lived in late twentieth century settings and force them to accept the stringent definition of Sharia, especially the restrictions against social interactions, such will not be popular with much of the young adults. Still, Erdogan has had a severely retrograde effect as he has stripped Turkey of all the safeguards put in place by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk with his directly challenging the military early in his time as Prime Minister and with the assistance of then United States President George W. Bush and the leadership of the European Union demanding that the Turkish military stand down as democratic governments must not be overturned by militaries as that leads to dictatorial leadership by the military. This mistaken pressure was gleefully accepted by Erdogan as it removed any worry of the military preventing the plans to return Turkey to being ruled under Sharia and strict Islamic codes. After using misguided pressures from the United states and Europe, Erdogan proceeded with purging the military of any opposition either through forced early retirement or through charges and incarceration after a show trial where the rules of jurisprudence were not strictly observed and these military tribunals were simply window dressing for the purging of the military removing any threat or possible opposition to Erdogan ruling Turkey and transforming the nation from western advanced industrial society to Islamic compliant Sharia rule with Erdogan as the ruling modern day sultan using the more acceptable title of President, we will need to watch to see if Erdogan will become President for life. Meanwhile, Turkey will continue her inexorable slide from the late twentieth century to the fifteenth century while the world whistles simply ignoring the evidence before them. We can expect emigration from Turkey will only increase as the nation becomes more and more unfriendly to modernity as Sharia cuts Turkey off from the rest of the urbanized and secular worlds, the inevitable result of this trend. Alas my friends, peering at the smoldering remains of a once technically advanced civilization now unable to repair its own electrical infrastructure and other devices, Turkey, I knew them once when, but we dare not speak of such times in her presence, she can no longer couch such ideas as to do so is heretical. It can be so sad.

 

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